Thursday, October 3, 2013

After more than a year of research, the Chico Retail Market Analysis sponsored by Tri Counties Bank is ready for release.  Along with Tri Counties Bank, the DCBA, and the City, we're hosting a 2-day launch series on October 15th-16th featuring 3 informational sessions for businesses (increase your sales!), a presentation to our City Council, and a press event at the new Tri Counties Bank training facility at the airport.  Find out how our retail market is doing, what's happening with our secondary market, and where (and how!) local consumers are shopping.  Click here for event details.

On October 22nd, from 6:30-8:30p.m. in Council Chambers, the City Council is hosting a special study session on downtown concerns with specific intent to address policy gaps, economic development opportunities, and potential infrastructure investment.  As a business owner, if you attend just one Council meeting this year, make it this one.  Our Council members need to hear directly from you.

On October 23rd, the County will host a special community planning workshop Council Chambers from 9a.m.-11a.m. focused on alcohol concerns.  And, on October 24th from noon - 1p.m. we're hosting our City Manager, Assistant City Manager, and Administrative Services Director for a free Lunch Hour event in the Old Municipal Building.  RSVP for both of these free events by calling our office at 891.5556 or emailing

The Chico Chamber has done a lot of heavy lifting this year to bring attention to the many issues impacting business. Let's continue to work as a team toward solutions -- we're not going to see improvement until we do.  And check out for details on the many volunteer programs now up and running in downtown and south campus.

Pulling back the lens, it's October 1st which means the health care exchanges are now open.  Refer to our Health Care Reform Toolkit for information you need to stay compliant with changing regulations.